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"All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them." -- Richard Hughes
Richard Arthur Warren Hughes OBE (19 April 1900 – 28 April 1976) was a British writer of poems, short stories, novels and plays.

He was born in Weybridge, Surrey. His father was a civil servant Arthur Hughes, and his mother Louisa Grace Warren who had been brought up in Jamaica. He was educated at Charterhouse and graduated from Oriel College, Oxford in 1922.

A Charterhouse schoolmaster had sent Hughes's first published work to The Spectator in 1917. The article, written as a school essay, was an attack on The Loom of Youth, by Alec Waugh, a recently published novel which caused a furore for its frank account of homosexual passions between British schoolboys in a public school. At Oxford he met Robert Graves, also an Old Carthusian, and they co-edited a poetry publication, Oxford Poetry, in 1921. Hughes's short play The Sister's Tragedy was in the West End at the Royal Court Theatre by 1922. He was the author of the world's first radio play, Danger, commissioned from him for the BBC by Nigel Playfair and broadcast on January 15, 1924.

Hughes was employed as a journalist and travelled widely before he married, in 1932, the painter Frances Bazley. They settled for a period in Norfolk and then in 1934 at Castle House, Laugharne in south Wales. Dylan Thomas stayed with Hughes and wrote his book Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog whilst living at Castle House.

He wrote only four novels, the most famous of which is A High Wind in Jamaica (1929), which was first published in the USA under the title of its successful stage adaptation, The Innocent Voyage. Set in the 19th century, it explores the events which follow the accidental capture of a group of English children by pirates: the children are revealed as considerably more amoral than the pirates (it was in this novel that hughes first described the cocktail Hangman's Blood). He wrote an allegorical novel In Hazard (1938), and volumes of children's stories, including The Spider's Palace.

During the Second World War, Hughes had a desk job in the Admiralty. He met the architects Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry, and Jane and Max's children stayed with the Hughes family for much of that time. After the end of the War, he spent ten years writing scripts for Ealing Studios, and published no more novels until 1961.

His most important work is perhaps the trilogy The Human Predicament, of which only the first two volumes, The Fox in the Attic (1961) and The Wooden Shepherdess (1973), were complete when he died; twelve chapters, under 50 pages, of the final volume are now published. In these he follows the course of European history from the 1920s through the Second World War, including real characters and events — such as Hitler's escape following the abortive Munich putsch— as well as fictional.

Hughes was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and, in the United States, an honorary member of both the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1946.

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Total Books: 157
Leadership Enhancing the Lessons of Experience
2014 - Leadership Enhancing the Lessons of Experience (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780077862404
ISBN-10: 0077862406
Genres: Business & Money, Politics & Social Sciences
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Gpst Stage 3 Written and Simulation Exercises
2013 - Gpst Stage 3 Written and Simulation Exercises [Postgrad Exams] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781907816611
ISBN-10: 1907816615
Genres: Reference, Medical Books
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Richard Hughes
2013 - Richard Hughes (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783037642399
ISBN-10: 3037642394
Genre: Arts & Photography
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A High Wind in Jamaica
2012 - A High Wind in Jamaica (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781906147822
ISBN-10: 1906147825
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Weight Off My Mind My Autobiography
2012 - A Weight Off My Mind My Autobiography (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781908216069
ISBN-10: 1908216069
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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A Cyclopaedia of Drug Pathogenesy
2010 - A Cyclopaedia of Drug Pathogenesy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781459012639
ISBN-10: 1459012631
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A Manual of Therapeutics
2010 - A Manual of Therapeutics (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143681868
ISBN-10: 114368186X
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Hahnemann As a Medical Philosopher the Organon Lecture
2010 - Hahnemann As a Medical Philosopher the Organon Lecture (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143449178
ISBN-10: 1143449177
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The Knowledge of the Physician
2010 - The Knowledge of the Physician (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142191085
ISBN-10: 1142191087
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The Knowledge of the Physician A Course of Lectures Delivered at the Boston University School of Medicine May 1884
A Manual of Pharmacodynamics
2009 - A Manual of Pharmacodynamics (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150646492
ISBN-10: 1150646497
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Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church's Year
2009 - Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church's Year (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781150282188
ISBN-10: 1150282185
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Apostles' Doctrine and Fellowship A Series of Twelve Lectures Delivered in Brighton During January February and March 1871
On the Sources of the Homeopathic Materia Medica Lectures
2009 - On the Sources of the Homeopathic Materia Medica Lectures (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781458835390
ISBN-10: 1458835391
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A Manual of Homoeopathic Practice for Students and Beginners
2009 - A Manual of Homoeopathic Practice for Students and Beginners (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781443266413
ISBN-10: 1443266418
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DAM Domestic Account Management
2008 - Dam Domestic Account Management (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781847484147
ISBN-10: 184748414X
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On The Sources Of The Homeopathic Materia Medica Three Lectures
2008 - On the Sources of the Homeopathic Materia Medica Three Lectures [1877] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781437026405
ISBN-10: 1437026400
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Step by Step with Richard Hughes Clever Cooking in Simple Stages
2008 - Step By Step with Richard Hughes Clever Cooking in Simple Stages (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780954763633
ISBN-10: 0954763637
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In Hazard
2008 - In Hazard [New York Review Books Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781590172728
ISBN-10: 1590172728
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Comedy of Good and Evil
2008 - A Comedy of Good and Evil (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406964660
ISBN-10: 1406964662
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Foreign Devil Thirty Years of Reporting in the Far East
2008 - Foreign Devil Thirty Years of Reporting in the Far East (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781933698175
ISBN-10: 1933698179
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Reference
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2001 - The Fox in the Attic [New York Review Books Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2000 - The Wooden Shepherdess [New York Review Books Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1988 - Lost in London [Great Cities Adventures Series] (Other)
1972 - The Spider's Palace [Puffin Books] (Paperback)Paperback
False Accusation - Level 4 [Macmillan Bookshelf] (Paperback)
Bound for Boston [Great Cities Adventures Series] (Other)
There's No Place Like Rome [Great Cities Adventures] (Other)
Adventure in Athens [Great Cities Adventures Series] (Other)
Family Law [Revision Workbook] (Paperback)